One of the most important parts about a story or a blog post is the title. The title, after all, is one of the first things that a person notices about the story. If the title doesn’t catch your eye, doesn’t pull you in and make you want to read what the author has written, chances are you’re not going to read it. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, that titles is going to make or break you.
And even though the title is one of the most important parts, I’m terrible at coming up with an original title. When I’m done writing, I sit there and stare at the blank space where the title is supposed to go and think “What on earth should I put there?” I mean, how do people come up with a witty title that sums up what is being said but doesn’t tell the whole story so that the reader feels like he (or she) needs to go in and see what it’s all about?
Even in my blog reader list, what I click on greatly depends on how interesting the title is. Even if I read something of that blogger before and really like what they’ve written, I won’t click on certain posts if the title doesn’t grab me. Of course I read the little excerpt underneath the title sometimes to catch what’s going on, and others I just click onto regardless of the title because I like the blogger no matter what, but generally, there are people I don’t click on all the time just because of the title.
I want to become more original in my titles. I want them to be more catchy. I want them to make people want to read what I’ve read just because they thought the title was interesting. I don’t know how some people come up with cool titles. I want to know their secret, because I’ve tried everything. One word titles, sentences, three word intrigues. I’ve done it all. And maybe they’ve worked, but I don’t know. They probably post a lot on their social media. Get people they know to read and share. And then they read and share and that’s how they get popular. Maybe.
So, anyway, I’m going through my reader list and I want to share some interesting blog titles from the past couple days or so that grabbed my attention:
- A Letter to Bridget (Meghan’s Dog)
- Why most studied populations should decline.
- Four Corners: Up and Down Tent Rocks
- Unlovable, but SHE taught me love
- A House in the Country
Of course, what grabs my attention may not grab yours. Do you like any of these titles? If not, what titles grab you and make you want to read them and why? And most importantly, how do you come up with titles for your stories and posts?